04/05/2014 10:07PM

Yonkers: Foiled Again simply refuses to lose in Levy action

Mike Lizzi
Foiled Again (2A) remained perfect in 2014 with a wire to wire victory.

Foiled Again proved again that he’s going to be a very, very difficult horse to pass in the stretch, winning his third consecutive Levy leg on Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway.

In what appeared to be his most difficult test of the year, Yannick Gingras pushed Foiled Again out of the gate swiftly and overtook P H Supercam midway on the opening bend. Foiled Again cut sensible fractions of :27, :55 4/5 and 1:24 then took on a solid challenge from P H Supercam in the passing lane in the stretch, but was not to be denied, winning a measured photo in a brisk 1:52 mile.

Sent off as the prohibitive 1-9 favorite, Foiled Again won for the 79th time in his career. P H Supercam finished a solid second, with Rock On Moe third. The victory was the third in Levy action for the Burke stable and the second for Gingras.

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“He really hasn’t done that much work in the first two legs so I wanted to tighten him up,” said Gingras after the race. “He’s acting like he’s training on the racetrack, I got his attention tonight and let him go.”

A bridesmaid no more, Apprentice Hanover put his hat into the ring for a potential final appearance with an awesome 1:52 4/5 victory holding off two-time Levy leg winner Mach It So in the late stages.

In the most contentious of the four Levy divisions, Here We Go Again forced Itrustyou to a :26 4/5 opening quarter before releasing. Itrustyou, part of a 1-2 combo with Clear Vision, waltzed to the half for Gingras in :56 3/5, but then felt a solid burst from Jody Jamieson and Apprentice Hanover. The four-year-old blew past the pacesetter with a :27 third quarter and then braced for the challenge of Mach It So. Those two battled hard through the stretch with Apprentice Hanover, a 5-2 offering, holding sway. Clear Vision came from far back for third.

“There’s always that doubt coming from three to four (years old) that they will perform, but Ben’s (Wallace) done a great job bringing him along,” said Jamieson.

Jamieson wasn’t surprised that Apprentice Hanover has been strong all three weeks of the series. “He really wasn’t racing against a lot of tough horses up north heading into this series,” said Jamieson, who reflected, “I wish I had the first week back where he got rough on the last turn.”

Short fields and short prices were the order of business with Burke stable supremacy in two earlier divisions. Easy Again went down the road with little difficulty in one $50,000 Levy division. The five-year-old was steered to his second leg score by George Brennan in a well-rated 1:53 1/5. Dancin Yankee rallied from last on the final turn for second with Hillbilly Hanover, part of the 1-5 winning entry, rallying late for the third spot.

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Yannick Gingras re-moved Bettor’s Edge before the quarter and romped in 1:52 2/5 for the Burke team in another Levy division. The five-year-old New York-sired gelding has now captured three straight legs of the series and that could catapult him into the final with just two preliminary legs left. Sapphire City saw early action in this race and finished second after yielding to Bettor’s Edge. Fat Mans Alley came up the inside for the final board spot.